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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Has China breached the joint declaration? You decide

    Posted Nov 26th 2014, 05:26am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Joint Declaration breached? You decide Has China breached the Sino-British Joint Declaration? Over the years, but especially since the publication of the State ... consists of two primary claims: Beijing has breached the "high degree of autonomy" promised to Hong Kong in section 3(2) of the declaration. Beijing has undermined political freedoms ...

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    Patten can speak out but reform is up to Hong Kong

    Posted Nov 25th 2014, 05:10am by Alex Lo

    ... by the Occupy movement, our worst political crisis since the handover. Unfortunately, you can say the same about pan-democratic leaders in the legislature who have completely failed to rise to the occasion and gain political capital out of the protests. In fact, they appear even more clueless and obstructive than before. Patten also faulted officials for failing to engage student leaders. ...

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    Don't give Japan a free pass on its shameful past

    Posted Nov 18th 2014, 05:04am by Alex Lo

    ... monetary and structural- while still in mid-air, at least took the right aim. He may not be a feminist, but he tries to promote women in politics and the workplace. Compared with China ... dug up by Beijing to beat Japan whenever it wanted. That may be so. But just because you distrust China doesn't mean Japan should get a free pass on rewriting its shameful past. ...

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    The opportunistic promotion of Confucianism in China

    Posted Nov 17th 2014, 04:48am by Alex Lo

    ... Confucianism is billed as the country's millennial tradition and hundreds of state-funded Confucius institutes are spread around the world. The political or ideological emphasis is on its rich ... seeing that as a way to encourage nationalism. Politically, Confucianism has been used as an ideology to boost the legitimacy of the state through many dynasties. But the Global Times is probably ...

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    Getting all hard on China's Confucius institutes

    Posted Nov 12th 2014, 05:19am by Alex Lo

    ... side. This is not to say they don't advocate certain cultural values and political views. But their operations are mostly independent of their governments while their language teaching and cultural promotion are seen as benign. However, the missions and operations of China's Confucius institutes and such US institutions as the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), its ...

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    Whitehall and colonial government never wanted full democracy for Hong Kong

    Posted Oct 31st 2014, 05:32am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com UK never wanted full democracy for HK Would the British have introduced full democracy in Hong Kong from the 1950s onward if communist China had not vehemently ... Kong newspapers. Sadly, the article ignores historical context and China's long-standing policy, whether communist or Nationalist, towards Hong Kong. We are, after all, talking about ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Why most Hong Kong people are both blue and yellow in the current dispute

    Posted Nov 01st 2014, 05:14am by Alex Lo

    ... are legitimate means of political expression but blocking major roads and fighting with police are not acceptable. We recognise the idealism and selflessness of the many student protesters, but are appalled by their dogmatism, over-simplification of deeply rooted problems, unrealistic political demands and sometimes borderline Red Guard tactics. As a fellow member of a discussion group ...

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    Occupy protesters must drop the self-righteousness

    Posted Oct 27th 2014, 04:06am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Stop vilifying reasonable opposition When it comes to foreign influence in China, you can hardly beat Kenny G, the musically anodyne saxophonist. His music ... works are widely popular in China, but China's position on the illegal Occupy Central activities in Hong Kong is very clear," ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said. "We hope ...

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    It was stupid for China to jail Uygur professor Ilham Tohti

    Posted Sep 26th 2014, 04:47am by Alex Lo

    ... groups. His crime was to have organised an internet-based student group "to write, edit, translate and reprint articles seeking Xinjiang's separation from China... and to encourage ... of political sins. In jailing men like Liu and Tohti, the mainland authorities have created not one but two Nelson Mandelas. Well done! Your jailhouses for dissidents are filling up fast but some ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Leung Chun-ying, reach out and meet the Hong Kong students

    Posted Sep 27th 2014, 05:35am by Alex Lo

    ... there will be no reform and no changes: it's back to square one. Everyone is prejudging an election system that does not exist. We must not underestimate the profound change in political culture when candidates, however chosen, must run from district to district and meet people in the streets to convince them they are worthy of their votes. And while the "love Hong Kong, love China ...




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